Algarve Forum turns off the lights and dedicates an hour to the Planet

Shopping center only consumes 100% renewable energy and uses exclusively LED lighting

The Forum Algarve shopping center, in Faro, will join Earth Hour, an initiative promoted annually by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). On Saturday, March 23rd, between 20:30 pm and 21:30 pm, the lighting in the shopping center will be partially turned off, always safeguarding the safety and comfort of its visitors and the space.

Earth Hour is a global movement that challenges millions of people to show their commitment to the planet, aiming to promote a moment of reflection on climate change.

“It is with great enthusiasm that we join this initiative. Commitment to the environment is fundamental, and every action, no matter how big or small, ends up making a difference”, says Sérgio Santos, director of Forum Algarve.

“Forum Algarve has sustainability as one of its main priorities, which is why, for more than 10 years now, we have been implementing sustainable practices in our daily operations, in order to reduce our environmental footprint, from measures aimed at reducing energy consumption, saving water and more effective waste management”, he adds.

In order to promote energy savings and efficiency, the shopping center only consumes 100% renewable energy and uses exclusively LED lighting.

With photovoltaic panels installed on the roof of the building since 2012, more than 10 years ago, Forum Algarve has been able to produce the equivalent of the energy needed for the annual consumption of more than 120 people.

Over the last decade, Forum Algarve has reduced energy consumption by more than 1,3 million kWh and currently consumes a third less energy than it did 10 years ago.

In the same period, Forum Algarve reduced its water consumption by around 3,4 million liters, the equivalent of 25.000 immersion baths, and reduced waste production by 20 tons per year, with 99,9% of waste produced in the Center is recovered.

The electric vehicle charging stations installed in the shopping center have already avoided the emission of 116 tons of CO2.